Social worker struck off for faking fostering references

Bringing Home Baby... | News | Articles | 2011 | 0819


Kirsty McGregor                    Friday 19 August 2011 10:59

A social worker who faked documents she knew would be relied upon by the courts when arranging fostering placements for children has been struck off.

Philippa O’Callaghan, a social worker with 26 years’ experience, was working for Salford Council in 2009 when she carried out assessments of three couples, all of whom were prospective permanent foster carers.

For each assessment, O’Callaghan included the views three personal referees. However, when later challenged by her line manager, she admitted that she had falsified the references.

O’Callaghan also produced part of a Special Guardianship report in which she said reports from referees were attached – but she had not obtained said reports.

The General Social Care Council’s conduct committee found she had acted dishonestly, adding that “safeguarding provisions had been abandoned and vulnerable service users had…

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